The medical education bill also envisages a medical education university

Kathmandu, January 12

The government has proposed to establish two medical colleges in two provinces with its own investment.

According to the National Medical Education Bill presented in the Parliament by the Education and Health Committee of the Parliament, medical colleges will be opened in Province 2 and Far-West Province within the next five years. With this, all seven provinces will have medical colleges. The information was shared at a press conference in Kathmandu today.

The bill has also proposed opening a medical education university, besides recommending investigation into medical colleges operating in breach of set standards. Likewise, formation of a Medical Education Commission under the prime minister has also been suggested for monitoring operation of medical colleges.

Commenting on the bill, member of the Education and Health Committee Yogesh Bhattarai expressed the hope that the bill would bring about drastic changes in the medical sector. “Some standards have been set to run medical colleges. Affiliation will be scrapped if a medical college is found running in defiance of the standards, according to the bill,” he said.

The bill has specified a provision that all medical colleges would be transformed into the service-oriented and non-profit-making institutions within 10 years. It has also made arrangement for centralised entrance examination for medical education from now onwards.

Likewise, the bill has also noted that the students pursuing medical, dental and nursing education would be obliged to pay tuition fee in instalments.

Committee member Bhattarai said the bill had also made scholarship arrangements for students belonging to the families of martyr, conflict-survivors, disappeared and those injured during the People’s Movement as well as female students.

Likewise, a hospital operating for three years should have 300 beds for running medical college and 100 beds for dental and nursing college.

Bhattarai further shared that the bill has more reformative provisions than the demands put forth by Dr Govinda KC.